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News broke over the weekend that the Washington Commanders desperately called around the league last offseason in search of a franchise quarterback.

The Commanders were so desperate for a solution under center that the team phoned former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who hadn’t played a down of football since January 2019 and inquired about his availability. Obviously, Luck turned down their overtures, as the Commanders were left with Carson Wentz as their lone option. And we all know how that turned out.

Still, the Commanders’ search for a quarterback has highlighted a bigger problem. On Sunday, Warren Sharp tweeted out a stunning statistic that shocked those in the NFL world. Over the last five years, the Commanders have led the league with 12 different starting quarterbacks. The second-closest team to that amount is the Denver Broncos, who have started nine different QBs over that same span.

Since 2018, Washington has had 12 different quarterbacks — Alex Smith, Josh Johnson, Colt McCoy, Mark Sanchez, Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins, Kyle Allen, Taylor Heinicke, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Garrett Gilbert, Carson Wentz and Sam Howell — make at least one start for the franchise.

While the Commanders plan to move forward with Howell as their starting quarterback of the future, those numbers are a horrifying reality for a franchise that’s been in quarterback purgatory ever since Kirk Cousins left town.

The NFL world reacted to the horrible Commanders news on social media:

[Warren Sharp on Twitter]

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.